Monday, January 01, 2007

How About This for a Cover?

This is "Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket" (1875) by James McNeill Whistler. The painting is at the Detroit Institute of Arts and is probably Whistler's second most famous work, after his Mother, of course. The painting was publicly criticized by John Ruskin, who wrote, "I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler sued Ruskin for libel and won, in the most celebrated trial of its time, but was awarded only a single pound in damages.

The painting is a central figure in the title poem of my manuscript. I would love to to use it for the cover of the book. We'll see.


Blogger Robert said...

That painting would make a terrific book cover! Better grab it quick or I may use it myself. In fact I'd write a book just so I could use that cover.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

Greg, it's a pretty dramatic painting in color but it's dark, and therein lies two problems: First, it won't reproduce in b/w so any non-color mailings, reprints in a newspaper or an ad will give you mostly black mush. Second, if you look at the picture from some distance away -- as you might with a cover facing out on a bookshelf -- the picture gets muddled again because of its darkness.

3:10 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Robert & Ian:

Thanks for your ocmments. Darkness might be a problem...hadn't thought of that.

Greg R.

11:01 AM  

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